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Old 10-26-2018, 12:03 PM #1
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Hi everyone,

Sorry for such a long post. Itís my first post and I want to get everything off my chest.

Iím hoping to gain more clear insight into what options I have and where to go from here to get help. Iím functioning ok Ė Iím in school Ė however, I struggle holding jobs and with relationships. Overall, Iíd say Iím not depressed enough to have no vision for the future, but depressed enough to be held back from achieving those things. I feel like other therapy has failed me and Iím on my own to ďtreatĒ myself by sticking to reading and figuring things out on my own. Not that thereís anything wrong with that, itís just scary to think about.

To give some background on my depression/anxiety, I started getting panic attacks when I was 5-6 years old, and it led to low self-esteem, social problems, and chronically low mood. I realized that I was depressed and possibly needed help in 8th grade, but I was too scared to ask for it. By that time I had already had a thought or two about suicide and was struggling with an eating disorder. Going into high school I turned to partying and self-injury to solve some of these issues which exposed me to trauma Iím still trying to overcome. At 15 I asked for help and started seeing a therapist. I continued therapy with various people and at various levels (inpatient, outpatient, DBT, CBT, talk therapy) up until I turned 21. I also spent 4 years trying a dozen medications. I have now been off all medication for 2 years and out of therapy for 1 year. Part of me wants to go back because Iím afraid of what will happen if I continue without social and emotional support (I struggle with friendships and relationships), but another part of me feels some resentment and hopelessness over the fact that these treatments have only minimally helped. I have this vague sense that all my therapists hate me and donít want me to get better despite knowing this is irrational. Iíve seen a wide range of therapists who have only served to make me feel worse about myself, and Iím not sure how to get past this to continue a probably very long search for a decent therapist. I also have to wonder if thereís something wrong with me and not the therapists.

Iím starting to look into newer treatments. I donít think my depression is sever enough to consider EST, but thereís newer evidence about ketamine and the role of the immune system. I think Iím depressed because Iím alone, and Iím alone because Iím too depressed to connect with anyone. I just want to break the cycle.

Can you guys give me advice?
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Hello emilyco: I see this is your first post here on PC. So... welcome to PsychCentral. One additional forum, here on PC, that may be of interest would be the psychotherapy forum. Here's a link just in case you haven't already found it:

https://forums.psychcentral.com/psychotherapy/

You may also find the other treatments forum to be of interest:

https://forums.psychcentral.com/other-treatments/

And then here's a link to a dozen articles, from PsychCentral's archives, that hopefully may be of interest:

Living with Depression: A Guide for Coping with Depressive Feelings

In-Depth: Living with Depression – Psych Central

9 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You Have Depression

https://psychcentral.com/blog/7-ways...al-depression/

https://psychcentral.com/blog/7-more...dium=popular17

https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-to...-without-meds/

https://psychcentral.com/lib/how-to-...panic-attacks/

https://psychcentral.com/lib/6-ways-...ocial-anxiety/

https://psychcentral.com/blog/7-ways...dium=popular17

https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-hea...of-journaling/

https://psychcentral.com/lib/how-min...of-depression/

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I hope you find PC to be of benefit.
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Hi emilyco,

It sounds like you might have treatment-resistant depression. In that case transcranial magnetic stimulation might help. I think you need a doctor to recommend that for you though.

I haven't had much luck with therapists either, but I go to a support group for people with mental illnesses, and that helps a lot. It's nice talking to people who actually get it. You might try that.
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Hello emilyco,

Welcome to PC!

I am sorry you suffer. Many times, treatment-resistant depression is also categorized as Bipolar Depression. Please ask your provider if you fit the criteria for BPII. If so, maybe keep an eye on the BP forum as well?

In hope you find the information and the support you may be seeking.
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Hi emilyco,

It sounds like you might have treatment-resistant depression. In that case transcranial magnetic stimulation might help. I think you need a doctor to recommend that for you though.

I haven't had much luck with therapists either, but I go to a support group for people with mental illnesses, and that helps a lot. It's nice talking to people who actually get it. You might try that.
I think a support group could be really helpful. Thanks!
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